President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has reportedly signed into law a bill removing presidential age limits, a spokesman said on Tuesday, thus clearing the way for the 73-year-old’s expected sixth run at the presidency come 2021.
The controversial constitutional amendment removes the age limit of 75 years imposed on presidential candidates and was pushed through by ruling party MPs last month. It was signed by Museveni on December 27 but not publicly acknowledged until now.
“The president assented to the bill and it is now law,” said press secretary Don Wanyama.
“The previous law was discriminatory in nature but this has been dealt with for the good of Ugandans.”
The amendment reimposes a two-term limit on the presidency scrapped by ruling party MPs in 2005 allowing Museveni, in power since 1986, to run for a third, fourth and fifth term in elections widely criticised as being unfair.
Wanyama dismissed the notion that the law was tailored to allow Museveni’s sixth term as “speculative”.
But veteran opposition leader Kizza Besigye described the law change as part of “a well-orchestrated plan to have Museveni rule for life”.